Hockey is Canada’s sport. From young children who are first experiencing the thrill of the game to an older generation that has had a longstanding Saturday night relationship with the sport, hockey is more than just a sport. Hockey is a game that evokes religious like emotions, brings people together with a common goal and has been seen as a rite of passage between fathers and sons and more recently mothers and daughters .
This past weekend, three generations braved the elements in the name of hockey! My Dad has always been a hockey fan. He enjoyed watching his favourite team battle it out on TV, but with three daughters, he didn’t get to spend much time in the arena. When his grandsons were born, the passion was reunited as his grandsons interest in watching the game developed.
Toronto MARLIES vs Albany DEVILS
Around in some form since the late 1800s, the Marlies are the Toronto Maple Leaf’s American Hockey League affiliate. The AHL acts as a development league to the NHL. It gives the younger players a chance to mature and sharpen the skill thus supplying the NHL teams with talented players when their time comes. A few examples of this include key Maple Leaf players such as Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner who all started their career with the Marlies before advancing to the Leafs line up. While the Toronto Marlies call Ricoh Coliseum home, this game is the second of four to be played at Air Canada Centre this season, giving fans the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of a Maple Leafs game.
From the moment we walked into the Air Canada Center, you could feel a buzz in the air! The kids wore their Maple Leaf apparel to show support for their favourite team! If it is your first time at a Marlies game, it is a must to stop by Fan Services for an authentic certificate to honor your experience.
The Marlies fought hard and after a few missed goal opportunities, ended up with a tough loss. Although we were sad to see our team lose, the experience was not lost on us! With a drums and flags initiating the “Let’s go Marlies” cheer to the fast paced action on the ice, we were never bored.
The Marlies really know how to host a family event! Here are some of the fun events that were held in between the game:
- A surprise visit from Carlton the Bear
- Two fans had the opportunity to play the “Doug Puck Puzzle” Challenge
- Intermission was filled with beautiful Christmas carols sung by a local choir.
- Four fans ate up the fun in a real life game of “Hungry Hungry Hippos”
- Two fans played pie in the face to Marlies Trivia
- 24 children had the opportunity to open a Marlies Advent Calendar for the chance to win a prize from foam pucks to jerseys
If you are looking for a fun family event, this holiday season or the perfect gift for the sports lover on you list, I highly recommend the Toronto Marlies. The Toronto Marlies are an affordable option for families to see professional hockey in the GTA with tickets as low as $10 each.
Don’t forget to get tickets to the Centennial Classic Alumni Game!! This is going to be the game of the Century!!